Palliative care should be embraced, not feared

Palliative care programs are well established in Australia but they aren’t being used effectively.

Spotlight on active ageing and design

How can public space be designed to optimise participation and foster a sense of security for older adults?

Calls for both sides of government to address aged care shortfall

An alliance of 48 aged care consumers, providers and staff groups say both major parties need to promise to address the shortfall in residential places and home care services.

Study suggests rethink of dementia causes

Researchers have developed a new theory for the causes of dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases, involving an out-of-control immune system.

The battle of the diets – 5:2 or reduced kilojoule?

Australian-first research has found that the 5:2 diet does work, but is not better than a standard kilojoule-reduced diet.

Incidence of type 2 diabetes highest amongst the elderly

A new report “Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia 2014” found that in 2014, 93 per cent of new cases of insulin-treated type 2 diabetes occurred in those aged 40 and over.

Older Canberrans above national average

An ACT Health report shows that older Canberrans are doing better than the national average when it comes to their health and wellbeing.

Indigenous menu innovation dishes up national award win

integratedliving have been recognised for their contribution towards better health outcomes winning the Team Excellence Award at the 10th HESTA Australian Nursing Awards on 12 May 2016.

Scams ripping millions off older Australians

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Targeting Scams Report reveals that $85 million was reported lost to the ACCC’s Scamwatch in 2015, with 105,200 scam complaints.

Take complementary medicines with care - NPS MedicineWise

Following the broadcast on complementary medicines by the ABC’s Four Corners program last night, NPS MedicineWise is reminding people to take these medicines with care.

ASIC warns of investment scams

During Consumer Fraud Week 2016, the ASIC is warning consumers and investors to ‘Wise Up to Scams’ and do some simple checks before they part with their money.

Why lifting weights is more important for your health than you think

Regular participation in muscle strengthening activity such as weight or resistance training has many health benefits.

Tips on eating to recover after exercise

Sports performance was once thought to be enhanced by practices such as drinking cognac before an Olympic marathon run. Thankfully, today’s nutrition strategies are more scientific and properly researched.

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Consultative Committee formed

The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Rae Lamb has set up a consultative committee of people representing groups within the aged care community.

Campaign against Medicare rebate freeze

The AMA today launched a national campaign against the Government’s Medicare patient rebate freeze.

Friends ‘better than morphine’

People with more friends have higher pain tolerance, Oxford University researchers have found.

Common chemotherapy not a cause of cognitive decline for women with breast cancer

UCLA researchers have found that a commonly used chemotherapy drug does not appear to cause cognitive decline following treatment in women with breast cancer.

Flu vaccinations more effective in the morning

New findings, published in the journal Vaccine, suggest administering vaccinations in the morning, rather than the afternoon, could induce greater, and more protective, antibody responses.

Sourcing an aged care place found to be stressful

A national survey of more than 500 Australians has revealed that half of people seeking to source an aged care place for their loved one found the whole process either ‘very stressful’ or ‘extremely stressful’.

Financial fraud targeting older adults often appeals to emotions

An appeal to emotions like excitement or anger is a key persuasion tactic used by fraudsters to mislead the elderly.

World’s older population grows dramatically

The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. According to a new report.